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Peter Schilling

While numerous new wave artists in the early '80s tried to imitate David Bowie, Peter Schilling went a step further. In 1983, Schilling released "Major Tom (Coming Home)," a synth pop retelling of Bowie's 1969 classic "Space Oddity." It became Schilling's first and only entry in the U.S. charts, a song that eventually stigmatized him as a one-hit wonder in America. Schilling was born in Stuttgart, Germany, on January 28, 1956. As a teen, Schilling couldn't decide on whether to be a soccer player or a singer. He chose music and his debut album, Error in the System, appeared in 1983. The single "Major Tom (Coming Home)" wasn't just popular in the U.S., it was a worldwide smash. The video was played often on MTV, as well, but Schilling was not able to equal its success. In 1989, Schilling collaborated with Enigma's Michael Crétu on the track "Different Story (World of Lust and Crime)," an admirable attempt at updating his sound and trying to return to the American charts. "Major Tom" was given a techno sheen in 1994, and the reworked song was welcomed in the clubs. A year later, Schilling formed the Space Pilots with Catyana Schilling, J. Feifel, and P. Magnet, recording Trip to Orion. ~ Michael Sutton
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80's is the best
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How can you not love this song!
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I thought this was a David bowtie song before I read the description.













DAMN AUTO CORRECT!!!!! ! ! !
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al.moreno2
Reminds me of The Boathouse in Austin,Tx. Great memories
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Great memories!!
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I love this song peter schilling major tom
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Love your songs PETER SCHILLING
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Is this live? Or memorex!!!!
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One Of My favorito mix love it
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Nice song
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This is the only good song he did
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432- love this part-very dreamy-I loved dancing to this in my own little space on the dance floor as a teen
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miramontes10 1
dont read this because it actually works. You will get kissed on the nearest possible friday by the love of your life. tommorrow will be the best day of your life. however if you do not post this comment to at least 3 songs you will die in 2 days. now youve started reading this so dont stop. this is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in at least 143 minutes when if done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is scary cuz it actually works
dont read this be
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I don't know why this has such an effect, but I'm free now.
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This was Gales's karaoke jam from breaking bad.
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funny thing is this is better than the follow up song (ashes to ashes) that bowie himself did
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you think this band is good, you should my hear my group Gay Black Nazis
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HUbcap was this is Breaking bad?
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Breaking bad.
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dylancharles 6
Just the fact there are so many comments about this song just goes to show you how much of an indelible effect it has on all of us. Great song!
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What a brilliant song! The lyrics are perfect, as is his vocal styling. An entire Bradbury short story in one song. 80s New Wave Rules.
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Awesome song!!
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One of my many 80's faves! :D
Love this song!
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Great song...80's the best music ever x ever
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No techno dance music. Not then, not now. How does this get on my Pandora ?
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I love this music, its the best dance music their is!!!
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gracegranada
This takes me back to my 13 year old self, awkward stage. Lol
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psion9999
I have always loved this song. Different Story is really great, too. You should check it out!
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Best karaoke song I've sang and getting the best crowd reception ever!
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One of my favorite songs!
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Such a good song!
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Different Story came out during my senior year....good memories.
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samuel.holme s 8 7
Don't like a classic change it!
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Should be Major Tool
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Love this song
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Classic. 80s
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Please: Definitive answer: Major Tong or Major Tom?
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Yep---
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infamouspook i e
Love diz song
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i love peter :D
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That is some kind of odd body language in his profile pic. It's like he can't decide whether to hug himself or curl up in the fetal position.
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Band name is Shiny Toy Guns
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Im only 14 and this is what i listen to all the time
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andrea3179
@Komal...I think it was for Lincoln, sung by a woman.
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It was a Saturn commercial
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kskarani
Wasn't this song used for a commercial recently? Cannot remember which one though??
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I was in the Navy, an the ship I was on had pulled into Perth W A when this Song came out, What a Party that was, YEE HAW
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Major Tom was the 1st song I thought of when my son told me he was going to be an Astronaut, scary but true...When the Shuttle Atlantis went up last July & I was standing there watching with my future Astronaut, feeling the absolute power of the engines, I again was thinking about this song. It's an amazing feeling to watch those ships go up, even the Apollo rockets when I was a kid were amazing to see in person. Guess it's in my blood! Great music from a great time!!!
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rowyn.baker
Pretty good, but i prefer listening to David Bowie's newer albums over this any day.
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I think this song is funky fresh.
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